For most patients, it is recommended to see Stephen or Jemma twice a year for a dental examination.
At these appointments they will not only check for early signs of tooth decay but also early signs of several dental and general health concerns.
What Happens at your Dental Check Up?
There are 2 parts to a regular dental examination – the examination itself (or check up as some people prefer to call it) and the hygiene / cleaning part (or technical term – oral prophylaxis).
At your dental examination your dentist will ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit. The dentist or hygienist will also ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
Gum Health Check
Next, your gums are checked. This is done with a special tool called a periodontal probe, the primary purpose of the periodontal probe is to measure the pocket depth around each tooth to establish the state of health of the gum. With healthy gums, the pocket depth is shallow. When people have gum disease, the pocket depth becomes deeper.
The examination also includes a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. This is to look for any signs of problems such as – swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer.
After your teeth are scaled, they may be polished. In most cases, a gritty paste is used for this, which helps to remove any surface stains on your teeth. Finally but most importantly Jill (or the dentist) will give you some tips and tricks for you to do at home to keep on top of plaque control.
To book your next check up with your Rotherham dentist, please call 01709 364404.